Josh Webster has put himself well within championship reckoning after a promising debut weekend in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB.
In his first outing in his new sport since switching from the single-seater ranks of the GP3 Series, the Mickfield ace demonstrated his burgeoning pedigree at Brands Hatch with a second and third place finish to put him second in the overall standings after the opening round.
And having only been outpaced by guest driver Ben Barker and Redline Racing team mate Michael Meadows, the 20-year-old could not have been more pleased by his solid start.
“It was a really good first weekend and it has put me second in the championship,” he said.
“That gives me a really good starting base for the rest of the year and I’m delighted with that.
“It went as well as I think I could have hoped, I learned so much and to clinch a second and third place finish is brilliant.
“I would have liked to have won but it gives me a solid foundation to build on and puts some good points on the board so I’m really pleased.”
Webster made the switch with the backing of the championship’s scholarship programme and now finds himself under the strong guidance of double reigning champion Meadows.
And having pushed his mentor close during the opening round of the championship Webster conceded he is relishing putting up an even stronger challenge in weeks to come.
“I don’t think many newcomers would hope to be that close to the race leaders and so it is good to be near Michael in those terms,” he added.
“However I’ve still got a long way to go to be on level terms with him. He is really experienced and you know he can turn on out a performance whenever.
“He has been great with me and the more I learn from him will give me that greater chance of putting up a better fight in the future.
“We have a great working relationship and it is nice to have that friendly rivalry.”
The Suffolk speedster will now turn his attentions to the next round of fixtures at Donnington Park, a track which he thrives on.
“I’m really looking forward to Donnington Park because it is one of my favourite circuits,” he explained.
“I have won there in the past in other disciplines so hopefully I can continue that.”